The Rensselaer Holiday Tournament was a college ice hockey tournament hosted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The tournament was held annually for a duration of sixty years, from 1951 to 2010 at the Houston Field House.[1] It was, at various times, known as the Rensselaer Invitational, RPI Invitational, RPI Invitational Christmas Tournament, RPI Christmas Tournament, Rensselaer/Midland Bank Holiday Tournament, Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Tournament and Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament. It was the oldest college hockey tournament in the United States, older than the Beanpot by a year. Since the tournament has not been renewed since the 2010-2011 season, The Beanpot is now the oldest.

In the first edition, eight teams played in a knockout bracket. From 1952 until 1980, four teams played a round-robin. Beginning in 1981, four teams were seeded and played a bracket format with a consolation game. Rensselaer won the championship for the first time in nearly a decade in what turned out to be the tournament's final year.

Results[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-Up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Sixth Place Seventh Place Eighth Place
1951 Brown St. Patrick's RPI Loyola Harvard Dartmouth Williams MIT
Year Champion Runner-Up Third Place Fourth Place
1952 Princeton RPI St. Patrick's Yale
1953 St. Francis Xavier RPI Brown Princeton
1954 Toronto RPI St. Francis Xavier Yale
1955 Minnesota RPI Princeton Loyola
1956 Michigan Tech McGill RPI Laval
1957 RPI Brown Yale New Brunswick
1958 Michigan State RPI Brown Princeton
1959 North Dakota Montreal RPI Yale
1960 RPI Harvard New Brunswick Princeton
1961 Michigan RPI McGill Yale
1962 Minnesota McMaster RPI Providence
1963 RPI Cornell Loyola Yale
1964 Minnesota–Duluth McGill RPI Colgate
1965 Western Ontario Bowdoin RPI Middlebury
1966 Michigan RPI Colgate New Brunswick
1967 McMaster Michigan Tech RPI Yale
1968 Waterloo RPI Army Ohio
1969 Providence RPI Montreal Bowling Green
1970 Wisconsin RPI Western Ontatio Northeastern
1971 Clarkson RPI Ohio New Brunswick
1972 Minnesota–Duluth RPI Providence Carleton
1973 Boston University RPI Dartmouth Ohio State
1974 Northeastern Bowling Green RPI Sir George Williams
1975 Providence RPI Princeton Northeastern
1976 RPI Clarkson Yale Penn
1977 RPI Ohio State St. Mary's McGill
1978 St. Lawrence RPI Princeton Air Force
1979 Western Michigan Northeastern Western Ontario RPI
1980 Maine RPI Vasby Holy Cross
1981 St. Lawrence Brown North Dakota RPI
1982 RPI UMass Lowell Bowling Green Brown
1983 RPI UMass Lowell Northern Arizona Yale
1984 RPI Toronto Miami (OH) Ferris State
1985 RPI Lake Superior State RIT Alaska–Anchorage
1986 Ferris State Alaska–Fairbanks Merrimack RPI
1987 RPI McGill Holy Cross U.S. International
1988 Providence RPI Air Force Notre Dame
1989 RPI Merrimack Union Brown
1990 RPI Western Ontario Union Alaska–Fairbanks
1991 St. Lawrence RPI Northeastern Union
1992 Providence RPI Clarkson UMass Lowell
1993 RPI UMass Lowell Army Mount Allison
1994 Maine RPI Merrimack Miami (OH)
1995 Clarkson Illinois–Chicago Providence RPI
1996 RPI Brown UMass Bowling Green
1997 Lake Superior RPI Yale Army
1998 RPI Minnesota–Duluth Merrimack Union
1999 Providence RPI Bowling Green Union
2000 St. Lawrence Providence RPI Notre Dame
2001 RPI UMass Niagara Quinnipiac
2002 Merrimack Wayne State Princeton RPI
2003 Northeastern Mercyhurst Colgate RPI
2004 Air Force RPI Robert Morris Sacred Heart
2005 Nebraska–Omaha Holy Cross RPI Providence
2006 Niagara Colgate RPI Ohio State
2007 Notre Dame RPI Alabama–Huntsville American International
2008 Northeastern RPI Mercyhurst Princeton
2009 Union RPI Bentley Lake Superior
2010 RPI Bowling Green Alabama-Huntsville Connecticut

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rensselaer Holiday Tournament. College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
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